Garden Store: Suitor

Garden Store: Suitor

(Zahradnictví: Nápadník), Jan Hřebejk / CZ-SK-PL, 2017
Czech / English subtitles, 113 min

The Garden Store trilogy comprises three independent films that take place against the backdrop of the most dramatic events of the past century and on the timeline precede the popular Pelíšky (Cosy Dens, 1999). It speaks of three families headed by an air radio operator, an owner of a hairdressing salon and an owner of a gardening store. For 20 years, it follows characters that had to live the best years of their lives in these turbulent times. The final part of the trilogy, Suitor takes place at the end of the 1950s. Again, it is the story of love, this time the lovers’ one, addressing a silent war between parents and their children scarred by the world war and the communist coup. Taking a tragicomically dispassionate view, the film paints a sharp division line between the pre-war and the post-war generation, with the generational clash ensuing from different life experiences of parents and their children. While each generation has its own idea of happiness, one thing is for sure: they must find their own way to it.

 

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